Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Radio Prague Today 11.2.2010

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Czech unions say they will take strike action if the government rejects their proposals regarding changes to public sector pay.

Czech unions say they will take strike action if the government rejects their proposals regarding changes to public sector pay.

The Czech prime minister says the government has no intention of backing down over the strike threat.

The Czech prime minister says the government has no intention of backing down over the strike threat.

A national centre for humanitarian aid co-ordination has been opened in west Bohemia.

A national centre for humanitarian aid co-ordination has been opened in west Bohemia.

Toxique – Successful pop group releases highly-anticipated second album

Toxique, one of the most vibrant and closely-watched Czech pop bands, recently released Outlet People, their much-awaited second album. With the CD, the band takes on a new look and goes further creatively – with electronic sound, a children's choir and a slew of new ideas – than ever before. Klára Vytisková is the band's charismatic lead singer; she dropped by Czech Radio recently to discuss how the new album (which has been getting rave reviews) came together.

Activity of far-right extremists on decline, says Czech intelligence agency

The national intelligence agency, BIS, says that efforts to curb right-wing extremism in the Czech Republic have borne fruit. The agency's quarterly report on extremism, released this week, shows that the domestic neo-fascist movement is in disarray thanks to several years of heavy crackdowns by the police and the state.

Education minister says school-leaving exam results alarming but not tragic

Not a tragedy - at least not yet - is how the country's Education Minister Josef Dobeš is rating the results of a recent school-leaving exam in a trial run. Those were announced earlier this week showing that almost a third of students had flunked, receiving fails in subjects like English, German and Math.

Šumava National Park director steps down amidst concerns about its future

The Czech government wants to implement a radical change of direction in the management of the Šumava National Park in southern Bohemia. On Monday, the director of the country's largest nature reserve, František Krejčí, stepped down – as he put it – in order to facilitate negotiations between the authorities and the local communities on the planned changes. But Czech environmentalists are concerned the director's resignation will open the way for firms who want to increase logging in the park.